you can't teach an old dog new tricks

Definition of you can't teach an old dog new tricks

  1. —used to say that a person who is old or is used to doing things in a certain way cannot learn or does not want to learn a new way I tried to get my mother to start using a computer, but she says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

    :  one

can'tplay
  1. :  can not

teachplay
  1. :  to cause to know something

    :  to cause to know how

    :  to accustom to some action or attitude

  1. :  dating from the remote past :  ancient

    :  persisting from an earlier time

    :  of long standing

  1. :  canid

    :  a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf

    :  a male dog

  1. :  canine

    :  having an inferior or inauthentic quality :  spurious

    :  unlike that used by native speakers or writers

  1. :  to hunt, track, or follow like a hound

    :  to worry as if by pursuit with dogs :  plague

    :  to bother or pester persistently

  1. :  extremely, utterly

  1. :  having recently come into existence :  recent, modern

    :  having been seen, used, or known for a short time :  novel

    :  unfamiliar

  1. :  newly, recently

trickplay tricks
  1. :  a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud

    :  a mischievous act :  prank

    :  a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat

  1. :  to deceive by cunning or artifice :  cheat

    :  to dress or adorn fancifully or ornately :  ornament

  1. :  of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery

    :  skilled in or used for tricks

    :  somewhat defective and unreliable


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